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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Soviet stamp, 1967.

Soviet stamp, 1967.

The best links of the week:

David Axe’s series from Afghanistan is required reading.

Kevin Drum on Afghanistan: “The idea that the United States was ever going to remake Afghanistan in a few years or even a few decades was a ridiculous pipe dream, and it still is. We’ve now accomplished our military mission there about as well as it ever could have been accomplished, and it’s time to leave.”

My hometown made the New York Times. Not good.

One town’s war on gay teens.

Marc Lynch on the Security Council and Syria.

Occupy Oakland’s Black Panther roots.

What we saw, but failed to understand, about the Iraqi insurgency in 2003-2005.

The new French Hacker-Artist underground.

Sunday Funnies blast off into the space age.

It’s old, but Michael Barthel’s examination of “Hallelujah” is very, very good (via Farhad Manjoo).

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